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Series Preview: vs Boston Red Sox

PHI: 20-19, 5th in NL East; BOS: 18-20, 5th in AL East

When: May 18-20
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cole Hamels (5-1, 2.28) vs Daniel Bard (3-4, 4.30)
Saturday: Joe Blanton (4-3, 2.96) vs Jon Lester (2-3, 3.71)
Sunday: Cliff Lee (0-1, 1.95) vs Josh Beckett (3-4, 4.97)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 7:15, FOX
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Spring Training: Red Sox 6, Phillies 0

Red Sox bullpen coach Gary Tuck and DH David Ortiz joke with former teammate and Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Jon Lester has himself ready for the regular season.

Boston’s ace cruised through seven innings of two-hit balls, striking out 10 in the Red Sox’s 6-0 win over the Phillies.

Joe Blanton got the start in Clearwater. He was solid through the first four innings but for hit for another three runs in the 5th, ending his start shorter than he wanted. After a David Ortiz RBI single in the 5th, Cody Ross took Blanton deep to make it 5-0, ending his day.

Blanton allowed five runs on seven hits, striking out five. He allowed two home runs, one to Dustin Pedroia in the 1st and to Ross in the 5th. According to Matt Gelb on Twitter, Blanton said he was “good at time, horses*** at times.”

Pete Orr, Lou Montanez and Freddy Galvis were the only Phillies to get a hit.

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Bull pen falls apart after Hamels’ early exit

Cole Hamels and Jon Lester were cruising through what appeared to be a pitchers duel.

Cole Hamels left the game after the 4th with a right hand contusion. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)

But a line drive off the bat of Adrian Gonzalez changed the pace of the game, ending Hamels’ day. The rest was history as Boston won, 5-2, and prevented the sweep in Philadelphia.

Gonzalez’s liner rocketed off Hamels’ glove hand. The left-hander had the presence to finish the play and the inning but was immediately yanked after four innings. He had x-rays during the game which were negative and Hamels was diagnosed with a right-hand contusion. He will make his next start.

David Herndon replaced Hamels and allowed three runs in the next two innings and Boston was able to get themselves out of a pitcher’s duel and get Lester his 10th win of the season.

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